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Old 21 May 2014, 06:45 PM
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Cheer Hip hip, hooray!

Comment: Just wondering if the commonly used term at birthday parties,
"Hip hip, hooray!" is actually offensive to the Jews today? Some rumour
about it being anti-Semitic as it is claimed the enemies of Jerusalem
would cry "Jerusalem has fallen" - but in Latin is was "Hep hep", (which
stood for Hieroslyma est perdita - IE using the first letter of these 3
words) not "hip hip". And "Hu-raj" which apparently means we are on the way
to paradise.
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